Teach This Poem, though developed with a classroom in mind, can be easily adapted for remote learning, hybrid learning models, or in-person classes. Please see our suggestions for how to adapt this lesson for remote or blended learning. We have also noted suggestions when applicable and will continue to add to these suggestions online.
“I’ve realized that as a young boy I was so enthused with the landscape around me because I was discovering something new every day. And maybe that’s why this whole journey with poetry still exists, this discovering of something new every day. Sometimes what we discover out there has to do with reflection that is internal, getting into that interior.” Read an interview with Yusef Komunyakaa on the question, “What is it to be an American?”
A couplet is two successive lines of poetry. It can stand as an epigrammatic poem on its own, a weapon for aphoristic wit, or serve as an organizing pattern. Read more.